A Reminder About the Insane Reason Your Government's About to Be Shut Down Chart: What Planned Parenthood Provides

Some Republican lawmakers are lying about what Planned Parenthood actually does.

The pie chart above depicts all the services Planned Parenthood centers around the country provided in 2009. As you can clearly see, only three percent of those services were abortions, while the majority of the other 97 percent were STD tests, contraception provisions, and cancer screenings. In other words, relative to its other services, Planned Parenthood does almost no abortions at all. And of the abortions it does provide, not a single one is paid for with federal funds.

What this means is that Senator John Kyl (R-Az.) is outright lying when he says abortions are "well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does." It also means that Republican lawmakers, who say they won't make a budget deal unless Planned Parenthood is stripped of all its federal funding, are almost literally holding the nation hostage in order to stop some abortions—but mostly to stop poor women from having cancer screenings and access to contraception.